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A List Of Latin American Cuisine That Isn’t For The Weak Stomach

There’s more far more to Latin American food than tacos de asada and arepas.

How many of these have you tried?

1. Ubre Asada

Cow Udder


Think a cow udder is only worth it to spew out milk for baby calfs? Think again, because in Chile you can throw it on the parrilla and get yourself an ubre asada, full of protein and, uh, lots of cow udder.

2. Escamoles

Ant Larvae


Escamoles a.k.a. ant larvae are native to Central Mexico and were considered to be a favorite of the Aztecs. The escamoles can be served in tacos or on their own, often sauteed with cilantro, chiles and butter.

3. Cuy

Guinea Pig


Cuy, or guinea pig, is a delicacy in the Andean regions of Peru and Ecuador. They are often served roasted in all their glory and, yeah, they actually really do taste like chicken.

4. Caldo De Cardan

Bull Peen Soup


If you had 23 too many tequila shots on a Saturday night, Caldo de cardan might be the cure you need. Bolivia’s bull penis soup is known as the national hangover cure and I imagine if you eat this soup made of bull penis, lamb rib, chicken breast, potato, rice, boiled egg and beef jerky, you will be brought back to life immediately.

5. Morcilla

Blood Sausage


Millions of people around the world consider morcilla, or blood sausage, a delicious dish, but sometimes you remember that it is literally blood and animal guts stuffed into an intestine. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

6. Chapulines

Grasshoppers


Grasshoppers are a nuisance to some, but in Mexico and many other countries, they’re a yummy, crunchy, salty snack, giving potato chips a run for their money. Enjoy with a side of mezcal. 😉

7. Buchada De Bode

Goat’s Stomach

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Now this… this is something. Buchada de bode is found in Brazil and is their equivalent of Scotland’s haggis, which has a serious reputation of its own. Buchada comes from bucho, the Portuguese word for animal’s stomach, so yeah, there’s a lot of that. The dish is goat’s stomach filled with lungs, liver, kidneys, and blood and everything else inside the animal’s organs.

8. Jumiles

Stink Bugs


Mexico has some of most plentiful, tasty, and edible insects in the world, so naturally, they’re included in much of the cuisine. Jumiles are stink bugs, and although the name might be off-putting, they are known to taste much sweeter than you’d think… like a mix of cinnamon and mint.

9. Testiculos De Boi

Bull Testicles


Culinary-wise, testicles are known by many euphemisms such as smoky mountain oysters, to make the idea of eating them a bit more palatable. But not in Brazil. They simply call them testiculos de boi, meaning bull’s testicles. They’re often served fried with some lime and chili pepper oil and look a lot like chicken nuggets. Noms.


READ: LA’s Best Latino Foods, and They’re Not Mexican

What’s the most adventurous dish you’ve tried? Let us know!

5 Quotes That Prove Cristela Alonzo Is Woke AF

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5 Quotes That Prove Cristela Alonzo Is Woke AF

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In 2014, Mexican-American comedian Cristela Alonzo created, produced, wrote, and acted in “Cristela,” a primetime comedy on ABC, making her the first Latina to achieve this distinction. While “Cristela” lasted only one season, it represented a victory for Latinos looking to see their one of their stories in mainstream entertainment. In the time since “Cristela” was cancelled, the immigrant experience has become so heavily politicized that it has become difficult to separate fact from rhetoric. And as politics have become increasingly polarizing, Cristela has kept the immigrant experience in her act for a very important reason: both of her parents were from Mexico and she grew up near the Texas-Mexico border. Her struggle to make this relatable and funny was the subject of a recent interview she had with Gothamist‘s Gaby Del Valle. The entire interview is worth checking out, but here are a few quick highlights.

On making America great again.

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“In election years, everyone talks about the good old days—but they never tell you when the good old days were. I’m a person of color. When were my good old days?!” – Cristela Alonzo

On how she finds comedy from her own life.

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“Each of us has an interesting story. Even if you don’t think it is, it’s interesting to somebody, and just sharing it makes people realize they’re not alone.”

On why she chooses to talk about the immigrant experience.

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“And a lot of people don’t know immigrants, they don’t know anything about immigration, period. All they know is what they hear on TV.” She added, “They didn’t come here to take away your jobs. They’re coming here for a chance to survive. For a chance to not die.”

On her own experiences as a citizen growing up near the border.

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“I remember as a kid, I’d always try and hide from Border Patrol, fearing as a kid that my mom would be taken away and deported at any moment.”

On how people react to the subject matter of her comedy.

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“You can’t control how people are going to react to it. I’ve had people ask me, ‘How do you say certain things on stage without having people turn against you?’ I’m not insulting anybody. I’m just being honest about my life.”

On November 3rd, Cristela is hosting a comedy night for Define American, a non-profit, non-partisan organization.

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“At Define American,” their website states, “we believe that we cannot change the politics of immigration until we change the culture in which people see immigrants, documented and undocumented.” Cristela echoes this statement at the end of her interview, saying, “I think that through comedy, we can teach people lessons they need to learn.”


[H/T] Gothamist: Comedian Cristela Alonzo Talks Immigration & Humor In The Age Of Trump

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